We received word this morning that Rev. Ronald Brugger, age 72, of Huron, SD, passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD. Funeral arrangements have been made with Welters Funeral Home in Huron.
Please join us in praying for the friends and family of Rev. Brugger during this difficult time.
Rev. Ronald C. Brugger age 72, of Huron, SD, passed away Thursday 12 September 2013 at the Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls, SD. His funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday 21 September 2013 at Grace Episcopal Church in Huron with burial at the Tulare Cemetery.
Visitation with family present will be from 6-8 p.m. Friday 20 September 2013 at American Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 7:00 pm; or one hour prior to the service at Grace Episcopal Church.
Officiants will include Rev. Warren Schoberg, Rev. Steven Brandsrud and Rev. Jean Mornard.
Ronald C. Brugger was born 9 March 1941 in Huron, SD the son of C.C. & Emma Brugger. Through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, he became a Christian 30 July 1941 in American Lutheran Church, Huron, where he also confirmed his faith 20 May 1956.
After attending the Huron Pubic Schools, he graduated in 1959. He attended Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD, 1959-1962 and Wartburg Theological Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, 1962-1967 and post graduate study at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. His ministry began in the Lansing-Waterville Parish in Iowa, and extended into forty Lutheran congregations in the SD communities of Artesian, Bison, Bruce, Bristol/Butler, Bryant/Vienna, Carthage, Claremont/Langford, Clark, Colton, Faulkton/Orient, Hecla, Herried/Pollock, Highmore, Huron, Irene, Iroquois, Kennebec/Presho/Vivian, Langford, Mobridge/Glenham, Selby/Java, Sisseton, Timber Lake/Isabel,Wessington Springs, Willow Lake as well as interim ministry in three Episcopal parishes in Brookings, Huron and Watertown. He returned to a few parishes for a second interim call.
Ron was an avid and skilled organist/pianist and church musician with a vast knowledge of the worship liturgies, hymns and worship traditions of the Lutheran church and the majority of mainline denominations as well. He had a special love for collecting books and resources in these traditions. He was an enthusiast of pipe organs, reed organs and melodians, particularly historical instruments and enjoyed attending recitals and concerts of historical instruments. He was a member of the Organ Historical Society and other historic preservation societies. Ron was also a member of the Fellowship of St. Augustine’s, a Lutheran Monastery and Retreat House, Oxford, Michigan.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and several cousins. He is survived by numerous cousins and friends. Pastors who wish to participate in the procession during worship are invited to dress in red vestments and gather prior to worship in the adjoining fellowship hall of Grace Episcopal Church. Memorials to ministries of choice are preferred.